Manatee Viewing Center

Manatee Viewing Center

Scenic Lookout, Other Great Outdoors, and Zoo
6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572, United States
Hours:
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

When Tampa Bay reaches 68 degrees or colder, manatees seek out the refuge of the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. Open Nov 1 - April 15

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    Claudia F.
    "Come and see the manatees, relaxing in the warm water."(10 Tips)
    Julie A.
    "Lots of manatees to see & opportunities to see other wildlife."(2 Tips)
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  • Eva 🐾 B.

    So pretty! Very kid friendly. Kudos to TECO for doing this.

    Eva 🐾 Banova · March 8
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  • Hope S.

    Love it here just enjoying seeing the manatees and being by the water makes my day

    Hope Sexton · February 23
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  • Matt J.

    Totally awesome place to see. And free = automatic win

    Matt Jones · February 8
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  • Laura M.

    We were here the first weekend of February and there were SO many manatees!!

    Laura Michael · February 1
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  • christina lynn agatha

    The best place on earth saw so many manatees!!!

    christina lynn agatha · February 1
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  • Claudia F.

    Come and see the manatees, relaxing in the warm water. Scenic view. Variety of birds & fishes. We saw blue crabs too! There's a small gift shop. Also, there's a energy generator plant (contrast).

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  • Josie R.

    This place is pretty cool if you happen to fun yourself in Orlando, I suggest you come!

    Josie Ross · December 28, 2014
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  • Jenn P.

    So awesome!!! Free and so much nature. The new observation tower is nice!!

    Jenn P · December 24, 2014
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  • Sara W.

    Great place! Make sure you go on the peer through the mangroves!

    Sara Watlington · April 6, 2014
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  • Jane S.

    Check their web site in advance so you will know whether or not to expect the stars of this show to be present.

    Jane Schildroth · April 6, 2014
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  • Mark M.

    Awesome fun

    Mark Molnar · March 30, 2014
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  • Julie A.

    SO neat. Lots of manatees to see & opportunities to see other wildlife. Good walking too.

    Julie Alejos · February 3, 2014
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  • Jeannie S.

    Be sure to check out the indoor exhibit all about Tampa Electric. Very interesting!

    Jeannie Sparks · January 30, 2014
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  • Steven M.

    Nice day for Manatee migration. Pretty cool!

    Steven Mulder · January 12, 2014
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  • Manatee Viewing Center

    Check out our Web cams at http://tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/

    Manatee Viewing Center · January 7, 2014
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  • Katie M.

    Come on a cold day at high tide.

    Katie M · December 1, 2013
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  • Dede C.

    This place is amazing!! Beautiful surroundings and Manatee's for the viewing. Also an educational center, gift shop and snacks. They are only open November to April.

    Dede Clinch · November 3, 2013
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  • John B.

    Open for the season

    John Boos · November 2, 2013
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  • Sarasotahookah.com c.

    Go online for camera view

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  • Kieran F.

    Cool to see these creatures. Not born performers, though.

    Kieran Fagan · March 25, 2013
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  • Manatee Viewing Center

    It's a great day to see manatees!

    Manatee Viewing Center · February 15, 2013
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  • Donna A.

    Get there early-limited parking!

    Donna Alano-DeSantis · December 29, 2012
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  • Grace H.

    Closed until November 1

    Grace Horn · August 7, 2012
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  • Grant G.

    Take a walk out in the viewing platform! It's well worth it!

    Grant Goris · March 31, 2012
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  • Zach R.

    Amazing juxtaposition of nature and industry!

    Zach Romer · January 1, 2012
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  • TBOcom

    Dozens of manatees are the main attraction, but there's also a 900-foot nature walk, a learning center and a gift shop. The Short List: one of our top 5 attractions you've probably never visited. Read more

    TBOcom · April 20, 2011
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  • Rey David S.

    Lots of manatees !!

    Rey David Santiago · January 6, 2011
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  • Sarah S.

    January and February are the times to go as there are literally hundreds of manatees here

    Sarah Stoll · March 28, 2010
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